One more good reason to always bring bugs repellent just in case.
Better safe then sorry...
"Alarmering number of dengue cases"
8 Jun, 2009, 09:27 (GMT -04:00)
Director Trevor van Gellecum of the Public Health Department.
ORANJESTAD — “There is an alarming number of dengue cases on Aruba, but nothing is said about it”. A co-worker of the Public Health Department, who wishes to remain anonymous, made this statement. Director Trevor van Gellecum was once again not available for comment this morning.
The rumors circulating on this disease can neither be confirmed nor negated as the Public Health Department is not providing any information and refers the media to the -unavailable- director. In addition, epidemiologist Maribel Tromp is unable to provide any information. “Everything is attended to by Van Gellecum; we require his permission on providing information to the media”, says Tromp.
According to a co-worker of the Public Health Department, the questions on dengue increase during the hurricane season. “However, the management is not providing any information.” Besides being secretive about dengue cases, it is also difficult to obtain information regarding the Mexican influenza. According to the World Health Organization, the number of infected people in the Caribbean is increasing by the day, but Aruba is ‘entirely unprepared’, says the co-worker. In spite of Van Gellecum’s statements that Aruba is prepared for an outbreak of the influenza, his co-workers contradict this. “If the second virus wave is announced, I do not know how Aruba will deal with this; certainly in view of the shortage of hospital beds. The first phase is usual mild, but the second phase often occurs in the autumn and winter, and is more extreme”, says a concerned co-worker of the Public Health Department. Within the period of one week, the number of influenza cases increased with nearly 20 in the Caribbean.